Personal Update: My kiddos


  img_8788I have not even posted a blog about my kiddos. Mercy, things here have obviously taken a back seat.

Here are my little nuggets. He is our surprise baby. I like to call him my "simmer" baby... as I'm convinced it was our essential oil blend Simmer (hormonal blend) that even made him possible.

img_8818So now I've known it.

What infertility is like, before having Sadie and being diagnosed with PCOS.

What the NICU is like, having Sadie at 25 weeks and spending 3 months in the hospital.

img_8784img_8804Now, what a surprise miracle baby is like... you know, that baby you could 'never have on your own'...

Thankfully I had an incredible doctor that monitored me very closely. It was a great pregnancy other than the normal, nausea... aches and pains... severe leg cramps... sleepless nights... swelling...

It was beautiful being able to bring him home right away, and to experience all the things I didn't recognize I missed with Sadie Mae.

She is the best most caring big sister ever, such a huge help. I was once worried about such the age difference, but now I'm relieved. How you people do it with lots of little littles at the same time is beyond me.

Here's an image of them this summer on the gulf coast at Panama City... and a few of my maternity taken by my sister-in-law, Julie Smith.img_9234 fg9a4881fg9a4891 fg9a5226 fg9a5228


Seasons Changing

There's a season for everything... I love that verse in the bible.

This season hit me smack dab in the forehead at about mock-90.

It's a good thing, otherwise I may not have given it the time of day.

Like a bullet, my side job, if you want to call it that, essential oils with Simply Aroma, exploded between March and April.

Sorry that was way too many commas.

Anyhoo. Here I am. A team leader of over 200 ladies.

Whaaa? I've always considered myself a leader… but whoa.

I'm loving it.

These gals are amazing.

This product is amazing.

This company is amazing.

So amazing that 3 days after deciding to close my studio storefront, they hired me to do some company wide sales training.

Can you say, provision?


Whatever you want to call it.

So here I am at the crossroads of seasons, with a mind and heart at complete peace.

A husband that's happy to have me home and a daughter that is over the moon to have me working right next to her playroom.

This would be the official "the studio storefront is now closed" post.

You can reach me at the same number as always, and the same online locations as always.

One small change.

I have decided to specialize in the things that I really LOVE, Weddings and Newborns. This means I will still be offering the baby club and those sessions related to both weddings and newborns. I will NOT however be photographing high school seniors, headshots, corporate events, families, etc….

I do plan, if time permits, to offer small mini-sessions of sorts for families/children during certain seasons.

All sessions will now be on location as well.

Want to see what all the essential oil fuss is about? Get some, try it. You'll love it, promise! My Simply Aroma Website

Already have essential oils and want to join our Facebook oil discussion? Click here. Our team name is Aroma Droppers

Want to join the number one team in the company? Contact me. Seriously. If you're wishing you would have already joined us, it's not too late! August is free sign up kits!

Next up… a long over due, Savannah Georgia wedding day photography post!

Essential Oils Product Photography


So, I've been doing a little product photography for my Essential Oils group, Aroma Droppers. We are all Independent Consultants with Simply Aroma. LOVE this company and essential oils… their commitment to oil purity and their business model. That being said, they sent me some oils to do a little photography with - they happen to really dig my vintage studio - so I had some fun! Here's a few of the pieces I created for my team. Feel free to tag these lovely images and use the recipes for yourself! Share the love of essential oils! They've been a lifesaver for my family this winter. No strep throat. No Pneumonia. No flu. Only pink eye. I can deal with that.

If you'd like to check out the oils come to my demo at the studio next Saturday, March 29th. This demo is on beauty and skin care. I've not bought one moisturizer or facial cleanser in months and my skin feels amazing! Just email me if you plan to come, so I can have enough seating. We have 30 ladies coming already!!!! Join our Facebook oil group Aroma Droppers if you want to know more about essential oils!  RSVP to our event online too!


Happy Snow Days and Valentine's Day!


Wow what a week in the "snowy, everything's shut down" South! I love this place.

So it's Valentine's Day. I curled her hair and put a pretty red bow in it. She thinks she's something.

4 Years ago today we found out we were pregnant. She is definitely the love of our life.

Today, she's with me working.

We cook together often so of course when she heard me in the studio kitchen she came running.

Together we made a Luxury scrub with PINK Himalayan salt, which she thinks is the coolest thing since Rapunzel. Ok. Not really. But she likes it lots.


These are small 4 oz jars available with ANY gift certificate purchase in the studio today, Valentine's Day, from 1-4 or anytime next week!


The lady of the house will LOVE this. It will make her hands uber soft.

These are also listed on my Etsy site for those that aren't local. 

If you're not keeping up with us on Facebook please do so! You're missing the following events happening at the studio...

Art with Annie on Wednesdays - Our first class we had over 30 children! This is a free community event!

Tuesday night Yoga with Tara ($10) - I'll be blogging this goodness after our next class, when I can capture some images. Starts at 7pm sharp, you are welcomed to just show up!

Happy love day!

BONUS: Make a Luminary (cure that snow cabin fever)

Made these with Sadie Mae and my little brother over the snow days…. fill balloon with water, dip in hot wax (about 180degrees, I used white beeswax pellets), repeat repeat. Sit on wax paper to create level base. Wait then repeat dipping to make strong solid sides. Cool then pop balloon. Use hot pan or griddle to level off top of luminary - by turning on it's top onto hot surface. Insert votive. Wahlah! Love love love

Studio News | 2014


I always look forward to the new year. It's a time to rehash the business of the past and organize the business ahead.

As always, I'm constantly adjusting my products and pricing to meet customer needs.

Thinking of 2013, the one thing that really took off in the studio was framing.

My framer, love them!

You know. That long LOST art of customer service…

they've found it and as far as I'm concerned pretty much own it.

They make me look good.

So for 2014, I've made framing available ONLINE, not just in the studio!

Here's a screen capture of the shopping cart...



If there's one thing I hear from clients it's -- "I just want to pick it up ready to go on the wall, otherwise I'll never get to it (framing)."

I've also heard, "yep, my pictures are still in the bag/packaging."

Get my drift?

You - guiding my business - it works awesome that way.

I've also decided to add an additional perk for 2014 baby club clients - 15% off all prints/products purchased from club sessions. I'm extending this discount to all 2013 club clients as well, for each remaining 2014 club session.

About wedding bookings for the studio, I can probably only feasibly do 5 more weddings for 2014. If you're thinking about our services, please call us soon!

Along with those few tweaks in products/pricing/offerings, I've got some really exciting news about programs available for the community via my studio. I'm about to bust to tell it all, but there's several details to still be worked out…so I'm keeping a zipped lip.

Lastly, as you may have read on a previous post, I now offer essential oils in the studio. I hope to have another oil party in the studio soon! Essential oils are great for ANYONE and have really been such a blessing for my family and our health this winter. If you are interested in oils and how to purchase or just need more information you can start at my pinterest board, message me, or stop by the studio. If you already use oils and want a place to purchase quality oils go straight here, 

Happy 2014!

Are your goals written down yet? Do it now!

Shout out to my friend and fabulous photographer Susan Brewer of Susan Brewer Photography. She's my silent business partner in the way that we both talk about business, our dreams, our fears, what's working, what's not. It's so awesome to have a friend who gets "it." Who helps me to be a better business person, photographer and friend. Her and I take little work retreats to her family's cabin in Asheville. Grateful for her and the opportunity to hash things out together!